Hawaii stays at No. 30 in the RPI for the fifth straight week. The Beach at 25. CSUN from 37 to 40
From the Big West
Taylor was also nominated for Player of Week, which went to The Beach’s Okpala.
Posting a pair of double-doubles in road wins over UC Santa Barbara and Hawai‘i, Kalei Greeley earned Big West Women’s Volleyball Freshman of the Week accolades.
Greeley recorded her third and fourth double-doubles of the season, hitting .347 (30-5-72) for the weekend. She hit .432 with 19 kills in a five-set win against the Gauchos and scooped up 13 balls to go along with a pair of block assists.
In a four-set triumph versus the Mustangs, Greeley contributed 11 kills, 10 digs and two more block assists as UH won for the seventh time in its last eight contests.
Hawaii sophomore Nikki Taylor took home Big West Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors, achieved in large part to posting the program’s first triple-double in the rally scoring era.
The 6-3 outside hitter posted 10 kills, 10 digs and a career-high 11 blocks in the Rainbow Wahine’s four-set victory at Cal Poly. On the previous night, she pounded 16 kills to go along with a career-high 21 digs to help UH outlast UC Santa Barbara in five sets.
After a six-week absence, the Hawaii volleyball team has returned to the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25.
The Rainbow Wahine (19-6, 11-3) are at No. 25, receiving 76 points. Last week, Hawaii received 44 points, putting the Wahine at 28th.
Hawaii last was ranked in the Oct. 6 poll at No. 21. Two road losses at Cal State Northridge and current No. 16 Long Beach State dropped the Wahine out of the rankings for the first time since the final four weeks of the 1992 season, the only other year Hawaii was not in the poll.
The Wahine have won three of their last four, including road wins at UC Santa Barbara last Friday and Cal Poly last Saturday. Hawaii, currently second in the Big West, finishes out the regular season with Big West matches against UC Riverside Friday and UC Davis Saturday, both at 8 p.m. following Wahine basketball games.
Stanford (28-0) remained the unanimous No. 1, receiving all 60 votes votes. There was no change in Nos. 2 through 9 with former No. 11 Nebraska (20-7) trading places with former No. 10 Illinois (22-7).
Of the teams that have defeated Hawaii this season, only CSUN is not in the poll. Oregon (21-7) moved up a spot to No. 13, UCLA (19-10) remained at No. 17 and Arizona State (18-12) stayed at No. 22.